Finsbury Park

Everyone has a story. West Ham author, blogger and football writer, Pete May, moved to the heart of Arsenal country in 1993. While living in Islington he’s written four books about West Ham United. Here’s how living so close to Highbury and the Emirates inspires him. Interview by Nicola Baird (btw reader,…
Everyone has a story. A year working on the Stronger In campaign, managing 45,000 volunteers, has left Benali Hamdache in an unexpectedly positive mindframe – and the time and skills to be the electoral co-ordinator for the Islington Green party. Interview with Nicola Baird. Benali Hamdache is proud to have…
Everyone has a story. Gordon Warrell from Old Street talks about Islington’s council housing, Formula 1 racing and the shows Dame Vera Lynn (who will be 100 in March 2017) gave in Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird.  Gordon was born in St Barts Hospital in 1934. He spent the war years…
Everyone has a story. Private tutor Muhammad Ali, working from his Romilly Road home, talks about his love of maths, physics and Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird.   Muhammad Ali doesn’t just share a famous name with the great boxer, they also share a birthday (17 January). But that’s where…
Theatre review from Islington’s newest venue, Park Theatre – showing The Roundabout until 24 September 2016. Review by Nicola and Saira for Islington Faces. THE ROUNDABOUT – at the Park Theatre until 24 September 2016 (published 29/8/16) Thanks to J B Priestley’s wit (and the fact that An Inspector Calls is…
Everyone has a story. Park Theatre’s Creative Director Melli Bond, explains how the Script Accelerator is a unique way to get new stage work ready for an audience. Interview by Nicola Baird “Our Script Accelerator supports, discovers and encourages writers and theatre companies,” says Melli Bond discussing Park Theatre’s Script…
Everyone has a story. “Happy to Help”, an acerbic new comedy about how we’ve become a nation of shop assistants, opens at the Park Theatre on June 14. Its writer, Michael Ross talks about the challenges of getting a play on to the stage. Interview by Nicola Baird The same week…
Everyone has a story. The combination of Egyptian heritage and Italian childhood has made Eglal Gomaa passionate about food. But it’s Italian food she loves the most, which is why she’s set up Girasole offering a taste of Italy on Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park. Interview by Nicola Baird…
Everyone has a story. Urban planner and architect Jonathan Davis may still think about the built environment but he’s switched the focus of his work from creating buildings to producing contemplative paintings to sooth the urban soul at a new Seven Sisters workspace for creatives, The Lumen Studio. Interview by…
Everyone has a story – especially new political parties. In the recent elections in London, Wales and Scotland 350,000 people voted for the newly formed Women’s Equality Party, while in London 1 in 20 voted for a WEP mayor (May 2016). Highbury’s Alison Marshall, a founding member of the Women’s…
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